top of page

Local Tragedies 1965 - 1974

The Sunshine District, like all districts has seen it's fair share of tragedies.

The most significant accident was the Sunshine Station Railway disaster in 1908. At that time it was Australia's worst railway accident. 

But there has been many more tragedies in the local district and whether these have been work site accidents, motor car accidents, level crossing accidents, drownings in the district's creeks & pools and murders. Other tragedies have not happen in the district but the families of the district has had to mourn these events.

A sample of these tragedies have been recorded in various Victorian papers.


Fatality follows fight, Alexander Frank Sherry, Aged 50

Employees flee as fire sweeps storeroom

Constable killed, Allan Stewart McClure, Aged 20

Plumber dies, Ian Talbert Mollison, Aged 36

Youth killed, struck by three cars, Josef Berdi, Aged 14

Fire ravages high school canteen

Killed at Deer Park, Reginald Chapman, Aged 57

Old mansion burnt down 'The Gables' 

Sydenham man killed in smash, Claude Daniel Bayley, Aged 50

Cyclist killed, Richardus Wilhelmus Vlies, Aged 14

Four killed in family car smash

Murder charge, Laurence Charles Sullivan, Aged 29

Fire, Ardoyne St & Moira St

Struck and killed by car Ballarat Rd, Grazia Maria De Maria, Aged 84

House fire, 25 Wilkinson Rd Sunshine

Fatal accident at Deer Park, Robert Fleming, Aged 66



Fatal accident at Deer Park, Robert Fleming, Aged 66


Scout drowned, James Phillip Gant, Aged 13

St. Albans the Martyr, St. Albans destroyed by fire

Police seek hit-run car, fatal accident, Tadrusz Przybysz, Aged 43

Level crossing smash, Driver killed, Leslie Saward

Constable killed, Malroy 'John' McDonald, Aged 24

Young man killed in crash, Nickolos Robert Salamon, Aged 21

Car off road, driver dies, Eric Gordon Ewins, Age 57


Sunshine Technical School damaged by fire

Fatal end to year, Margaret Ann Edwards, Aged 20

Died following car accident, Muriel 'Merle' May, Aged 47


Killed in accident, Peter George Tesch, Aged 29

15 acre fire at Deer Park

Fatal smash at danger spot

Schoolboy killed, Shane Louis Jones, Aged 15

Charged with murder

Sunshine West High School fires

3-car smash, David Russell, Aged 21

Skindiver killed, Paul Owen, Aged 16

Big fire at St. Albans

Sunshine fatal accident, George Tarasiuk, Aged 17

Boy is shot, Christopher Stephen Wilson, Aged 10


Brooklyn – Murder of Josephine Currie

Sunshine North man killed by train, Alfred Mallia, Aged 56


Car accident in Holland claims local man's life


Arsonist starts town hall fire

Death of kindergarten teacher, Elizabeth Watt, Aged 21

Olympic Cake Shop Fire, 8 East Esplanade, St. Albans

A lonely end for elderly migrant, Lazaros Kirtsanis

Equipment destroyed in blaze, Y.C.W. Club Rooms

Another smash at death junction, toll is now a dozen

Former manager killed in plane, Ulfred 'Alf' Droune


Car and truck collision results in death, Keith William Cole, Aged 41


Sunshine footballer dies at practice, George Leslie Allen, Aged 22

Hit and run, Boy dies, Mario Zunica, Aged 15

A cruel world passed her by

Boy drowns, Stephen Grant Delaney, Aged 4

Killed instantly, Frederick James Hjorth & wife Alice May Hjorth

Rosamond Bowling Club rooms fire

Stenson Death Road may close



Salvos lose their hall, Clarke St Sunshine

St. Mark's Anglican Church hall is destroyed by fire



Transport driver killed, Kenneth Todd, Aged 24

Woman victim, Olive Hammond, Aged 56

Fire a mystery, Sunshine Presbyterian Church Hall

Man dies in accident, Leonard Tuckerman, Aged 20

Firebug at work, Our Lady's Church

The crossing of death, Jeffrey Byrne, Aged 5

House razed, 3rd Avenue Sunshine

Second fire hits company

Woman dies at intersection, Anna Bodziony, Aged 47

Youth dies when car rolls in early morning accident

Woolstore blaze

Missing North Sunshine child, John Landos, Aged 13


Fire halts production, Armstrong York Co. McIntyre Rd

She died alone

Dairy dwelling is gutted, 44 Hampshire Rd

Death of popular young man, Barry R. Quarrier, Aged 27

School fire Probe, Sunshine Technical School

bottom of page